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wish to join me in paying tribute to alan scott a 32 squadron. .ary roberts of 230 squadron both of these men died along with three other personnel when their helicopter crashed on sunday in kabul afghanistan. they have given their lives in serving our country and making our world more secure. our deepest the disease are whether families and friends at this difficult time. mr. speaker of us to pay tribute to police constable who was killed in line of duty last week. his stance as a stark reminder of the real dangers of police officer space on a daily basis. michael about the whole house are with his family and friends. speaker, our meetings with the minister and others, in addition to my duties i would have more meetings later today. >> the medical associations has concerns with the undermining of
medical services, deficient medical and health divisions for armed forces. but the prime minister address the issue ardently, prioritize treatment of our forces, and lend support highlighting these concerns. congratulate lady for securing the gentleman and raising this important issue. our defense medical services do an outstanding job. i was speaking about afghanistan, i've seen in afghanistan year after year what an amazing service they have provided. they have provided the equivalent of a district general hospital accident and emergency on the back of a helicopter. it is extraordinary. it is an opportunity for us to look at this whole area in our strategic defense and security review when you will be approaching the review with a rising defense budget during this. >> paul mccartney.
speaker, today we have seen the claim by 20%. a 44% drop of those savings since 2010. clear, long-term economic growth, secure our national recovery, putting in jeopardy by the shambles which is the policy led by the honorable member opposite. let me congratulate mr. lincoln for the record in providing people with jobs. the unemployed and figures out today are extremely good, receive 140,000 more people at work. atsee the employment rate its record levels since they began, unemployment has come down to my vacancies have gone up. youth unemployment and long-term unemployment have both come down. all of this, john fares are
important, partnerships are important. we need a long-term economic plan. we need a strong and secure in economy, getting the deficit down and running a surplus. that is what we should be focused on. i'm sure the honorable gent them >> jeremy corbyn. >> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to act out the prime minister's to those killed -- tributes to those killed in sadness at thed death of david phillips in the line of duty. i concur with his remarks about that. i am sure he and the house would join me in expressing sympathies and sadness over more than 100 people who died in and kara last sunday, attending a peace rally. our sympathies go to them.
i want to ask the prime minister the question about tax credits. i have had 2000 people e-mail me in the last few days, offering a question to the prime minister on tax credits. i will choose one. callie writes, i have a single mother to a disabled child. week at a5 hours per job i trained for. i get paid seven pounds 20 per hour. in april, the prime minister is not putting my weight up. you will be taking tax credits off me. and the prime minister tell us much worse off kelly will be next year? >> let me welcome what the honorable gentleman says and join him in what he says about the 100 people killed. and with the country as it struggles. thell answer directly on
issue of tax credits. we are bringing in the national living wage, which will be a 20 pound per week pay rise for people next year. obviously, kelly will benefit, as the living wage rises to nine pounds. hold on. sorry, what happens to the new approach? i thought we were -- questions asked, so they could he responded to. the introduction of the national living wage will reach nine pounds by the end of parliament, which will benefit callie. in april, we raise to 11,000 pounds the amount of money you can earn before you start paying taxes. also, kelly, if she has children, will benefit from the 30 hours of childcare we are bringing in. in addition to that, there is also the point that if kelly, and i don't know her circumstances, but it she -- if she is a housing association tenant, we are cutting her rent. that is important, as will is
the increase in employment and wages taking place today. >> i think the prime minister for that. can i tell him, in case he is unaware, that she is going to be 1800 pounds per year worse off? another 3here are million families in this country that will be worse off next april, and after housing costs, 500,000 more children are in poverty compared with five years ago, in 2010. on top of that, his new tax credit policy will put another 200,000 children into poverty. thisruth of the matter, government is taking away the opportunities and limiting the life chances of hundreds of thousands of children from poor middle income families in this society. should he not be aware of that in the positions -- in the decisions he makes? >> the fact is, since i became prime minister, there are 480,000 fewer children in
households where nobody works. there are 2 million more people in work. there are almost one million more women in work. there are a quarter of a million more young people in work. -- outt route out of cal of poverty is to help people get a job. although unemployment figures came out today, and we see 140,000 more people at work, he has not welcomed the folly and unemployment. and unemployment. he needs to focus on the fact that all these people benefit from a growing economy where rages are -- wages are rising, unemployment is falling, we are getting rid of deficit. it is the stability we will be voting on tonight. >> the prime minister is doing his best. i admire that. could he not tell us something
else, that the reality is, people in work often do rely on tax credits to make ends meet. his party and himself forth a ,udget which cuts tax credits gives tax breaks to the very wealthiest in our society, so inequality is getting worse, not better. should he not been for a moment about the choices he is making, and the reality it is for the poorest people in our society? >> the honorable gentleman talks about the reform of tax credits. let me tell you why it is between 1998 and 2010, the bill for tax credits went from 6 billion to 30 billion, and at the same time, in-work poverty went up by 20%. the system of taking money away from people and giving them back to them and tax credits was not working. we say it is better to let people earn more, then take less
from them in taxes. what we have in this country is 2 million more people in work. the figures he quotes for inequality are simply wrong. there are 800,000 fewer people in relative poverty than in 2010. there are 300,000 fewer children in revenue -- relative poverty since 2010. why? it is because we took difficult decisions to get our economy growing and deliver the strongest growth anywhere in the western world. has at, the labour party choice. a week ago, they were committed to getting the deficit down and running a circle -- running in circles just like us. or some reason, i don't know why, they decided to do a 100 80 degree turn and vote for more borrowing forever. is that now the position of the labour party? million lowty is, 3 and middle income families will be worse off as a result of the tax credit changes.
tothe prime minister wants change his mind on tax credits, he is welcome to do that. there will be an opportunity next week, when there will be an opposition date on this subject. i am sure the prime minister wants to take part in the debate and explain why it is a good idea to make so many people so much worse off. i would like to tell them, i have had 3500 questions on housing in the last few days. i just want to say this. , thistion from matthew might be funny to some members but it is not funny to matthew or many others. i live in a, private rented house in london with three other people. despite earning a salary well over the median wage, buying even the cheapest of properties is beyond my reach for years to come. does the prime minister think it isfair that 450,000 pounds
an affordable price for a new home for somebody on an average income to try to aspire to? >> the honorable gentleman is right to raise the issue of housing, particularly the affordability of housing in london. what i would say to matthew is, we are doing everything we can to get people to build more houses, particularly affordable houses, that he can buy. the honorable gentleman quotes the figure of 450,000 pounds because what we are saying is, that should be the upper limit for a starter home in london. we want to see starter homes in london built for 150,000 or 200,000 pounds so people can stop renting and start buying. what we have done for people like matthew, we have introduced help to buy. for the first time, we are actually helping get people their deposit together, so they can buy a new home. we are also giving people like
matthew the right to buy the housing association homes. that isnow got -- interesting. we hear groans from the labour party, but the entire housing association movement is now backing our plan. to the honorable gentlemen, let us work together and get london building, to get prices down, so people like matthew can afford to buy a home of their own. >> could i bring the prime minister back to reality? -- over the last -- the last five years, the last five years have seen a low level of housebuilding, less than half the new buildings that are actually needed. it has seen revenue rising rents , rising homelessness, therefore also higher housing benefit
hills, and even the cbi, his friends of the cbi said we need to build at least 240,000 homes per year. will he address the problem that local authorities face, in accessing funds in order to over -- undertake a necessary and essential building of council housing, rather than what appears to be a growing obsession to selling off publicly owned properties rather than building homes for people who desperately need them, so children can grow up in a safe, secure environment, which is what we want for our children. all hise deal with points. first, note that the housing association movement is backing the right to buy, that will me --tell me extra homeowners that will mean extra homeowners. the second point, counsel housing. in the last five years when i was prime minister, we built more council homes than the last labour government built in 13 years. , the mostst important
important point, that is a bit of reality for the honorable gentleman. he may want to digest that. but if we want to build homes, stable a strong and economy. we are not going to have a strong and stable economy if we adopt the new labor position, which is borrowing money forever. i would urge members opposite, who believe in a strong economy, paying down our deficit, making sure we deliver for working people, to join us in the lobbies tonight. >> it would be very nice if the prime minister actually answer the question i ask. order. order. these proceedings should be conducted in a seemly way. coming from a position from either front bench is not helpful. remain calm.
be as good as you can be. jeremy corbyn. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am totally calm, i assure you. . do not intend to engage i put the question to the prime minister, what is he doing to allow local authorities to build the homes that are necessary for people who have no opportunity to buy, and cannot afford to remain in the private renters sector? i realize this is complicated. i would be happy if you wrote to me about it. we can then share the letter with others. i want to turn to the question, my last question, to another subject. i realize you may not be able to give me an answer today. he may wish to write to me about it. i am sure he is aware that yesterday was secondary breast cancer awareness today. in brighton, i met two women who are suffering from terminal breast cancer. the prime minister met their organization in 2010
and they raised with him a very serious problem of the collection data in all hospitals across the country about the instance of secondary breast cancer, the treatment of it, and the success or otherwise, rates of treatment that goes on. apparently, this information is not being collected as efficiently as it might be, it is not being centralized sufficiently. i would be grateful if the prime minister could follow up on the promise he made to these women in 2010, that this data will be collected, will be centralized so we can assure everyone and who is going through the trauma of not just breast cancer, but secondary breast cancer, knowing that it is terminal but knowing treatment may be some that can alleviate the pain and possibly extend their lives. will he undertake to do that as soon as possible? >> i think the honorable gentleman is right to raise this. . met with their campaign i'm at them in my conference and had a good discussion with them. we all know people who have the
tragedy of having breast cancer. one can only imagine what it and be like to recover survived breast cancer in a primary sense, but then to find out you have a secondary cancer .ften that is incurable what the campaigners ask for his better information, not least because they want to make sure we are spreading the best so wece in every hospital really do treat people as quickly as we possibly can. i had a conversation with them, i relayed that to the health secretary, i am happy to write to them about it. but making sure people get the right diagnosis, they get it quickly, then we use the information to tackle secondary breast cancer, is essential for our country. speaker, the prime minister recently spoke movingly and shockingly about the life of despair that lies ahead for too many of our looked after children. notwithstanding the vital work recents been done in
years, can you expand the reforms he proposes or our most vulnerable of citizens? >> i am grateful to the honorable gentleman for his work in london, when he worked for the milieu. there are two areas we need to look at. one, speed up adoption process. we should reduce the number of children in care by making sure they can find loving family homes. we made some progress, but frankly, we have had setbacks, not least because of the judgment made in our courts. we need to get that level of doctrine back up again. the second thing, to use some of the knowledge we had in our education reforms and bring it to reforming social services. so, to get the best graduates going into social work. frankly, those social services that are failing need to be taken over were quickly. x thank you, very much, mr. speaker. we had -- we also express condolences. the u.k. has been involved in three major military interventions in recent years. in all cases, there have been severe unintended consequences.
the taliban controls much of afghanistan again. in iraq, the fanatics terrorize half the country. in libya, there has been total anarchy and chaos. what assurances can the prime minister get that he has learned the lessons from past mistakes, and he will not repeat them? >> i think the honorable gentleman makes a good point. of course, intervention has the consequences, but frankly, non-intervention can have consequences, as we see from the vast numbers of syrians fleeing the appalling situations in that company, not least the chemical weapons attack by bashar al-assad. in terms of the lessons learned, i can't wait for the iraqi inquiry to come out so further lessons can be learned. we have already learned a number of lessons, for instance setting up national security council, which is working well, making sure we act on the basis of clear legal advice and the
attorney general attends all the important meetings, working with allies and partners. while it is frustrated what is happening in both iraq and syria, one of the lessons is to work with local partners in iraq. it is iraqi troops that are boots on the ground. we should give them the support they need in the war against isis. >> over 450 u.k. service personnel died in afghanistan. the taliban are back. the u.k. spent 13 times more bombing libya than rebuilding the country and their has been anarchy. the u.s. has just dropped a $500 million program to support syrian opposition. russia is bombing syria. the u.k. has no plan to support thegees, who are now in -- u.k. has no plan to help syrian -- gees who have made
>> he honorable gentleman is relating his -- reaching his conclusion but he must be allowed to do so. >> it is shame the members of the government acknowledged that the u.k. has no policy to help syrian refugees of made it to europe. there is no surprise there is growing skepticism about the drumbeat towards war. will the prime minister give the assurance that he has learned the lessons of iraq, afghanistan, and libya, and he will never repeat them? say a couple things to the honorable gentleman. i cannot remember a question with so many errors being asked. the idea that britain is not helping syrian refugees, when we are the second largest bilateral donor to syrian refugee camps in jordan, lebanon, and turkey, and that is because we are spending
a large amount of our gross national income on aid. we have done more than a most every other country. i don't recognize the picture he paints of afghanistan. the fact is, we have supported an afghan national army and police force and an afghan government that are in control of that country. the final point, it is all very his high horsen lecturing about the past. would he be happier with in afghanistan that had a taliban regime and al qaeda in afghanistan? would he be happier with gaddafi running libya? the consequences of nonintervention are also worth considering. huddleston. >> thank you, mr. speaker. constituency is benefiting from infrastructure investments such as the significant improvements of the motorway. does the prime minister agree that the recently announced and independent national commission inl pay -- play a key role
improving in securing the nation's long-term economic policy? >> i am delighted we are establishing the national infrastructure commission. i hope it can put some of these questions about infrastructure beyond party politics. i think that would be a thoroughly good thing. i am delighted, he made a great contribution in government, he will be someone who is running it. i know the argument -- the honorable gentleman will make sure the cotswold line is looked after carefully by the infrastructure commission. where do we find a good labor policy? we implement it. you know what we are doing. you know what we are doing tonight. we are implementing what was a week ago a labor policy. hold on. shouting]
>> the prime minister may finish his answer. for which we are extremely grateful that -- but progress has been slow. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the scottish government has estimated the apprenticeship levy introduced in the july poundswill be 90 million from scotland, with 146 million pounds coming from the public sector. there is been no confirmation that a single penny will come to scotland to fund our distinct modern apprenticeship program. will the prime minister confirmed today that scotland will receive our fair share of this funding, and are we seeing a one nation government? rate have not yet set the
of the apprenticeship levy, or indeed, set what level of business size it has to be before it starts paying that. i can guarantee that scotland will be treated fairly, will get its fair share of any apprenticeship levy. as ever, with the smp, they invent a grievance before it exists. >> thank you, mr. speaker. workers on site at the development, which will bring 1900 new jobs, new shops such as marks and spencer, and new facilities. does the private us to agree that you simply don't get 50 million pounds investment without economic confidence? would you like to join us at the opening? -- i have already made a visit to your constituency to see one of your schools. i look forward to coming back. this looks like a very exciting development. i made the point that of course, you need a strong and stable economy to make sure we get this investment and housing going.
we also need councils to complete their local plans and put them in place, because in that way, we can deliver extra housing. >> during the election campaign, the prime minister came to my constituency and promised to keep a department open and sort out the financial mess our hospital is in. since then, they have backtracked from their promises, saying [indiscernible] will the prime minister meet with me to discuss ways in which he can honor his election promises? >> we have not backtracked. we said we would put more money into the lhs. we talked then about 8 billion, we are delivering 10 billion more. we believe these decisions should be made locally, in hospitals. they are vital services. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
>> keep going. welcomesen town which sustainable growth. would my right honorable friend, who knows our area well, i agree that the promised funding to infrastructure must be provided in addition to development? >> first of all, let me welcome my honorable friend to the house. she replaces a very good friend, my former neighbor, tony baldric, who worked hard for the people. when people say in the south of england there are councils want to build houses and new developments, they should look at vista. you can see thousands of houses and new schools and infrastructure put in place. of course, investment in infrastructure goes together. vista shows we can build sensitively and provide the homes young people want to live in. >> kevin brennan. >> thank you. can the prime minister clear something up that concerns the
recent biography of him by isabel oakeshott. says heord ashcroft told the prime minister in 2009 , yet ins tax status 2010 the prime minister said he did not know the details of lord ashcroft's tax status. clearly, [indiscernible] >> i would think of many better uses of his time been reading that book. freak -- tor cure a procure a free copy. i will gladly lend him a copy. in this house, labour and conservative agreed to legislate sithat non-dom's could not in either house. legislation i suggested and supported. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
i am delighted to tell the house that in -- we set a new record, unemployment is at its lowest since records began. does the prime minister agree with me that a return to the bad borrowing,f more more spending, higher taxes would not only rip those jobs away, it would be a complete and utter shambles? >> i think my friend makes an important point. we do see 2 million more jobs, one million extra within -- women in work in our country. that is because british businesses are taking people on. they are doing it in the context of a strong and stable economy. that is -- tonight, we are going to be voting on, after eight or nine years of economic growth, we should have a surplus rather than a deficit? you don't believe in having a surplus, when will you fix the roof when the sun is shining?
i say to the labour party, those of you will believe in strong and stable government, strong and stable economy, join us in the lobby. >> thank you, mr. speaker. after the government proposals for the highways guild economies, when you look at education in coventry, it will be 24% cuts. the government is talking about the disablement being abolished. what will the prime minister do about that? >> i will deliver on the promise of 2 million apprentices in the last parliament, 3 million apprentices in this parliament. what you can see from the changes we made in terms of skills and higher education is a record number of students going to our universities, and he record number from low-income backgrounds going to our universities. we will build on that record in this parliament as we on cap numbers and encourage people to make the most of their talents.
>> my right honorable friend will remember meeting my amazing 10-year-old constituent, archie, in january, was a devastating condition, must -- muscular dystrophy. he has campaign to get access to the nhs. that would help him and 50 other children. in scotland, the drugs had been prescribed no excuse made on the decision and friday, can he assure me that in england, these children will receive this drug and archie's campaigning has not been in vain? >> i well remember archie. a venerable spirit. as my friend says, a decision will be made on friday. what we need to do, as well as making these decisions made by clinicians, talking to drug companies about getting the cost of drugs down.
400,000n cost over pounds per patient, per year. that is what the cancer drugs have been helping to do, to reduce the costs of these companies charge. we need that in other areas. >> for many years, is able people in fleetwood have enjoyed free access to the local tram that connects the town to blackpool. the trouble has been destroyed through spending cuts. will the prime minister extend the travel scheme to include not just bosses, but trams, which are easier or older people -- for older people and disabled travelers to use? >> we are proud of the fact that we have kept our promises to pensioners, not least the triple lock promise, with such low inflation, less than 0%, the triple locks will be vital in giving pensioners a better standard of living.
i will look at what she says. i suspect it is a cancer -- a council decision by lancashire county council rather than a decision for me. murder of al teenager led to a case review, published today. the review makes clear that there were many failings by agencies including social services, schools, and probation service. we can see from the report that teenager's deathly not have happened. will the prime minister join me in offering condolences to her parents, and asking all the agencies involved that they learn from this tragic case? friend's right to raise this. let me send my condolences to the williams family for the a polyglot of the tragedy they have suffered. a report. be
the police and other agencies will study the report and learn the lessons to these mistakes are not made in the future. >> trade union members in middleton, and across the country, including school cooks, shop workers, cannot cast their votes in a trade union election either at their place of work or electronically. passed,de union bill is and the private mr. kelly, will they be able to do so? >> i think first of all, what matters is, we have proper balance where we don't have strikes unless there is a proper percentage of people supporting them. i noticed that mccluskey is now supporting our position. issue ofem with the electronic voting, which is something to speakers commission looked into, it isn't yet clear you can guarantee a safe and
secure balance. frankly, i don't think it is too much to ask people who are about to potentially go on strike, to fill out a ballot paper. >> thank you, mr. speaker. recently, i received a letter from london informing me than in the last year, they spent over 1.4 million pounds. that is fantastic news for the local economy. will my friend agree with me that britain's infrastructure, this government reenergized manufacturing and engineering [indiscernible] economic security? >> big infrastructure -- partions can benefit any of the country. obviously, in the last five years, london has seen a huge investment because of crossrail, the biggest infrastructure project anywhere in